Common name: Mountain Grevillea, Cat's Claws Grevillea
Grevillea alpina Lindl. APNI*
Description: Spreading to semiprostrate shrub 0.3–2 m high.
Leaves oblong to elliptic or narrowly so, or oblanceolate to linear-revolute or ± circular, mostly 0.5–2 cm long, 1.5–10 mm wide, margins entire, lower surface villous to subsericeous or rarely glabrous.
Unit conflorescences 2- to many-flowered, often decurved. Perianth red with green or yellow-cream at the apex or rarely red to yellow throughout, pubescent to villous outside, bearded usually above the middle inside. Gynoecium 10–20.5 mm long; ovary densely hairy and ± sessile; style reddish, villous near base, loosely pubescent above.
Follicle usually hairy, without dark stripes or blotches.
Flowering: mainly winter and spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland, heath, or mallee, usually on sandy soils; south from Canberra.
NSW subdivisions: ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: R.O. Makinson (2000)
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